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Facts on Raising the Minimum Wage

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									    Facts on Raising the Minimum Wage
       The $5.15/hour minimum wage has not been raised since 1997.

       17 states, including New Jersey, Delaware and New York, have raised their minimum wages
        due to inaction by the US Congress. 45% of the US population lives in those states.

       The purchasing power of the minimum wage has declined by 17% since 1997.

       Around 850,000 PA workers (17% of the workforce) would benefit from an increase in the
        minimum wage to $7.15 per hour. 510,000 would benefit directly and another 350,000 who
        make under $8.15 per hour should see their wages raised due to the minimum wage increase.

       Women make up 61% of workers who would benefit from a minimum wage increase.

       72% of workers who would benefit by an increase to $7.15 are over age 20.

       20% of Pennsylvania senior citizens, working to supplement their retirement income, would
        directly benefit from an increase to $7.15 per hour. This is in comparison to 10% of all PA
        workers who would benefit.

       Black and Latino workers are more likely to be working at low wages and will benefit more
        from an increase than non-minority workers.

       Single mothers will also benefit more from an increased minimum wage than other workers.
        They make up 5% of the workforce, but will be 10% of the workers to benefit from a
        minimum wage increase.

       Raising the minimum wage does not cost jobs. Teen unemployment grew more between
        2000-2004 in states that have not raised their minimum wage (4.2%)than in states who have
        raised their state minimum wage (3.4%). A detailed study of New Jersey after their
        minimum wage increase in the early 1990s showed the increase had no effect on total
        employment in the state.

       A full time minimum wage worker would earn over $4,000 more per year as a result of an
        increase of the minimum wage to $7.15/hour.

       SB 926 and HB 2021 would raise the minimum wage to $6.15 by January 2006 and $7.15
        by January 2007 and give a cost of living escalator starting in January 2008.



        Pennsylvania workers need an increased
                minimum wage NOW!
Sources: Economic Policy Institute, Keystone Research Center, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

For more information contact the Coalition to Raise the Minimum Wage at 215-557-0822.
www.Philaup.org
    We need a Vote on Raising the Minimum
                    Wage
The minimum wage has not been raised since 1997.

The House has twice voted to raise the minimum wage by $1.00 per hour
in 2000 and 2002.

The Senate has never allowed a vote on an increase. The House has not
voted on this issue since 2002 either.

84% of Pennsylvanians polled this year said that they support an increase
in the state minimum wage.

Why does a bill not pass then?

Because the State Senate leadership will not allow a bill to come to the
floor for a vote. They are hiding from the will of the people and keeping
wages low for the working poor of our state.

We need a vote this fall on raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to
$7.15 per hour.

Our message to the Legislature… Let Democracy work… Schedule a vote on the
minimum wage!




 Prepared by Raise the Minimum Wage Coalition 1201 Chestnut St.
         Room 702, Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-557-0822
        Other states and the minimum wage
17 states and the District of Columbia-covering 45% of the
U.S. population-have set minimum wage rates above the
federal rate of $5.15 per hour.

State                Current Rate                  Future Increases

Alaska                   $7.15
California               $6.75
Connecticut              $7.10        $7.40 beginning Jan.1; $7.65 on Jan. 2007
Washington, DC           $6.60        $7.00 on Jan. 1
Delaware                 $6.15
Florida                  $6.15        Increase yearly with inflation
Hawaii                   $6.25        $6.75on Jan.1 and $7.25 on Jan.1, 2007
                                      unless governor vetoes
Illinois                 $6.50
Maine                    $6.35        $6.50 on Oct. 1
Massachusetts            $6.75
Minnesota                $5.15        $6.15 on Aug. 1
New Jersey               $5.15        $6.15 on Oct. 1; $7.15 on Oct. 1, 2006
New York                 $6.00        $6.75 on Jan. 1; $7.15 on Jan. 1, 2007
Oregon                   $7.25        Increases yearly with inflation
Road Island              $6.25
Vermont                  $7.00        Considering $7.25
Washington               $7.35        Increases yearly with inflation
Wisconsin                $5.15        $5.70 beginning Wednesday; $6.50 on June
                                      1, 2006

Sources: Center for Policy Alternative; USA TODAY research.

84% of Pennsylvanians support a $6.15/hour minimum wage and 60% support $7.15
according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll.




Prepared by Coalition to Raise the Minimum Wage c/o Philadelphia Unemployment
Project, 1201 Chestnut St. Room 702, Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-557-0822
          Raise the Minimum Wage Coalition
              Participating Organizations
PA Council of Churches
PA AFL-CIO
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry
United Food and Commercial Workers
Philadelphia Unemployment Project
ACORN
Presbytery of Philadelphia
AFSCME
Philadelphia AFL-CIO
Pathways PA
Congreso de los Latinos Unidos
AFSCME
Mon Valley Unemployed Committee
CATA
Service Employees Int’l Union
Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
Jewish Employment and Vocational Services
PA State Education Association
Community Action Council of Lehigh Valley
Women’s Law Project
Second Harvest
Jobs with Justice
Student Union
Neighborhood Networks
Democracy for America
National Student Partnership
Action Alliance of Senior Citizens
Young Workers Coalition of Berks Co.
PFT Retirees
Coalition of Labor Union Women
 Summary of Minimum Wage bills Introduced into the
                State Legislature
HB 216
Rep. John Taylor-R, Prime Sponsor

Raise minimum wage to:        $5.65 before 9-1-05
                              $6.15 before 9-1-06


HB 2021
Rep. Mark Cohen-D, Prime Sponsor

Raise minimum wage to         $6.25 1-1-06
                              $7.15 1-1-07
                              COLA kicks in 1-1-08


SB 926

Senator Tina Tartaglione-D, Prime Sponsor

Raise minimum wage to         $6.25 1-1-06
                              $7.15 1-1-07
                              COLA kicks in 1-1-08




Prepared by Raise the Minimum Wage Coalition

								
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